Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday mentioned the US made an “intelligence-based evaluation” to justify a drone strike that killed a high Iranian commander who was “working actively” on an imminent assault within the area.
The choice to launch the strike “saved American lives,” Pompeo informed CNN.
“Dozens, if not tons of” of US lives have been in danger from “imminent” assaults wherein Gen. Qassim Soleimani – the Iranian Quds Drive chief — was concerned, he mentioned.
“These have been threats that have been situated within the area,” the highest diplomat added when requested if the US homeland was in danger.
Pompeo didn’t disclose particulars of any imminent assaults, however mentioned the Trump administration would “do our greatest” to quickly launch intelligence info.
When pressed on feedback by international politicians together with the France’s minister of state for Europe, who mentioned the US motion had made the world extra harmful, Pompeo mentioned: “The French are simply unsuitable about that.”
“The world is a a lot safer place right now,” he mentioned.
Earlier Friday, Pompeo mentioned the US was nonetheless “dedicated to de-escalation.”
He tweeted that he had spoken with British Overseas Secretary Dominic Raab, German Overseas Minister Heiko Maas and Chinese language Politburo member Yang Jiechi in regards to the killing.
“Grateful that our allies acknowledge the persevering with aggressive threats posed by the Iranian Quds Drive,” he wrote. “The US stays dedicated to de-escalation.”
In the meantime, photographs emerged Friday of the twisted metallic remnants of the car wherein Soleimani and others have been killed, together with Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, who was the deputy commander of Iran-backed militias working in Iraq.